More North Carolinians can get healthcare coverage through Medicaid.

Upcoming Medicaid Changes

Beginning on December 1, 2023, NC Medicaid will cover people ages 19 through 64 years with higher incomes. You may be able to get healthcare coverage through Medicaid even if you didn’t qualify before.

Medicaid pays for doctor visits, yearly check-ups, emergency care, mental health and more – at little to no cost.

NC Medicaid covers most health services, including:

  • primary care so you can go to a doctor for a check-up or when you are not feeling well
  • hospital services when you need to stay overnight (inpatient) or when you can go home the same day (outpatient)
  • maternity and postpartum care if you are pregnant and after giving birth
  • vision and hearing services
  • prescription drug benefits to pay for your medicines
  • behavioral health
  • preventative and wellness services
  • devices and other therapies 
Most people will be able to get healthcare coverage through Medicaid if they meet the criteria below. And if you were eligible before, you still are. Nothing changes for you.
  • You live in North Carolina
  • Age 19-64
  • You are a citizen. Some non-U.S. citizens can also get health care coverage through Medicaid.
  • And if your household income fits within the accompanying chart.
Household Size Annual Income
Single Adults $20,120 or less
Family of 2 $27,214 or less
Family of 3 $34,307 or less
Family of 4 $41,400 or less
Family of 5 $48,493 or less
Family of 6 $55,586 or less

Learn more at:

How to apply for Medicaid


Paper application

In person at your local DSS office

Call DSS office

Need help figuring out your next steps?

Call the HOP Helpline at 828-278-9900 to talk with an Impact Health care navigator today.

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